A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences
demonstrates the toxicity of three genetically modified corn varieties
from the American seed company Monsanto, the Committee for Independent
Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (Criigen, based in
Caen), which participated in that study, announced Friday, December 11.
"For the first time in the world, we've proven that
GMO are neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized.
[...] Each time, for all three GMOs, the kidneys and liver, which are
the main organs that react to a chemical food poisoning, had problems,"
indicated Gilles-Eric Séralini, an expert member of the Commission for
Biotechnology Reevaluation, created by the EU in 2008.
Caen and Rouen University researchers, as well as
Criigen researchers, based their analyses on the data supplied by
Monsanto to health authorities to obtain the green light for
commercialization, but they draw different conclusions after new
statistical calculations. According to Professor Séralini, the health
authorities based themselves on a reading of the conclusions Monsanto
has presented and not on conclusions drawn from the totality of the
data. The researchers were able to obtain complete documentation
following a legal decision.
"Monsanto's tests, effected over 90 days, are
obviously not of sufficient duration to be able to say whether chronic
illnesses are caused. That's why we ask for tests over a period of at
least two years," explained one researcher. Consequently, the
scientists demand a "firm prohibition" on the importation and
cultivation of these GMOs.
These three GMOs (MON810, MON863 and NK603) "are approved for human and
animal consumption in the EU and especially the United States," notes
Professor Séralini. "MON810 is the only one of the three grown in
certain EU countries (especially Spain); the others are imported," he
adds. A meeting of EU ministers over MON810 and NK603 is scheduled
Translation: Truthout French Language Editor Leslie Thatcher.